Tidbits of information and mysteries solved within the House Intel report.
There was always a question as to what happened and why with regards to BuzzFeed publishing the unverified and demonstrably false Steele dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign.
Multiple news oganizations had recieved leaked copies of the dossier, but nobody had published because a) it was not verifiable, and b) there was no news ‘hook’ that would allow publishing. When BuzzFeed finally released the dossier, it cited a CNN news blerb as it’s hook. That CNN blerb stated:
“Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.”
So, the whodunnit became who was the leaker. Well, thanks to the house committee report we have our answer: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
News outlets including CNN have the dossier and are looking for an excuse to run it.
Clapper tells Comey to brief Trump on the dossier just in case CNN or someone runs with it.
1/6/17 Comey briefs Trump on just the salacious details.
1/7/17 Clapper leaks back to CNN that Trump and Obama have been briefed on the dossier.
1/10/17 CNN uses this as the news hook and publishes a story on the dossier.
Buzzfeed dumps the entire dossier.
Clapper denies the leak.
Clapper admits the leak.
Clapper hired by CNN.
In short: the Director of National Intelligence orchestrated the publishing of unverifiable and demonstrably false opposition research for the purpose of undermining the President Elect shortly before his inauguration.